Flexport Interviews in Product

Salesforce Orion00
May 8 6 Comments

#TLDR- Recently interviewed for a senior role in Product (Director). Did not get the offer, for very weird reasons.
I approached a couple of folks through LinkedIn because I was looking at senior roles. I had to follow up for 2-3 months and it was a disaster of a process to put it mildly. This was after the hiring manager said he will be in touch in 2 weeks- turns out in their world, it’s > 2 months.
The process was fairly normal, but what caught me off guard is how junior people are in the senior roles with fancy titles. Granted, they raised a ton of money, but I believe it’s time for them to churn some people out including some VPs and get some seasoned folks as they grow.
A junior engineer interviewed and asked me a very vague question to tell him about any of my past experience project. I told him that’s it’s a vague question and asked him what he is looking for and based on that I can go into details. He refused to budge, but said it’s ok. I kept my answer at a high level - platform I built leading a team in the past and did not go into technology details. I asked him what else did he want to know. I knew it was weird and broad to ask that sort of a question.
All my other interviews were pretty good including solving a pretty complex product case. The interviewer acknowledged that we went pretty deep.
I got a final answer with feedback as - we don’t think you have enough experience in platforms. I am absolutely ok to receive that feedback had I not built or answered properly, but a junior engineer ( no disrespect to anyone on blind) asking a weird question because he just didn’t get it what to ask a Director level role person for. I gave feedback to recruiter, but don’t expect anything to change in my result, because she asked me for it.
I hope Ryan, CEO, sees through to get some new talent especially at VPs level and also streamline recruitment process. It’s a wild west out there.
In fact, during my interview process HR acknowledged that many junior people are in the senior roles at the company.


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TOP 6 Comments
  • Salesforce Orion00
    I led Product teams that built very detailed and extensive very complex platforms ( I am avoiding details to protect identity) using Data Science and ML in the best of the companies. I certainly felt it was a waste of my time because they seem to not understand the value others bring to the table.
    May 8 1
    • Reddit fmIM88
      Definitely not questioning your experience, but platform is such a loaded word that means different things everywhere. It can be their own infrastructure or external APIs to enable 3p integration & ecosystem etc. But yeah, I agree that most places don't know how to interview for senior product roles.
      May 8
  • Panasonic Avionics / Sales

    Panasonic Avionics Sales

    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    I interviewed for a sales role and didn’t get past the first phone interview. The role was a bit junior for me so I’m not sure what they’re looking for. From Glassdoor it seems like junior people hiring junior people
    May 8 0
  • Reddit fmIM88
    It is definitely frustrating to be interviewed by junior eng who does not understand your role. But how much platform experience do you have? It sounds like they may be looking for someone who has done the same job elsewhere. If you do not have the direct exp, you can question why they waste your time and bring you in for an onsite
    May 8 0
  • Salesforce Orion00
    I know Ryan Peterson. CEO, is on blind. I saw him answering a couple of questions a while back. Wanted to tag him, just in case😊
    May 8 0
  • Airbnb / Finance

    Airbnb Finance

    When I interviewed I also had similar feelings and was thoroughly disappointed in their recruiting process from a business position standpoint. It seemed the recruiters were unprepared and I felt seriously misled throughout the case interviews. Cest la vie, great business idea and company, excited to see them grow.
    May 8 0